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Today’s featured artists:

Peaches & Herb

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Background information

Origin
Washington D.C., United States

Genres
Disco, Funk, R&B, Soul

Years active
1966–present

Labels
Date Records, Columbia Records, Imagen Records

Associated acts
Van McCoy

Website
Peaches & Herb.com

Members
Wanda Makle
Herb Fame

Past members
Francine Hurd Barker (“Peaches” was her actual nickname since childhood)
Marlene Mack
Linda Greene
Patrice Hawthorne
Miriamm Wright
Meritxell Negre

Peaches & Herb are an American vocalist duo, once comprising Herb Fame (born October 1, 1942) and Francine “Peaches” Hurd Barker (April 28, 1947 – August 13, 2005). Herb has remained a constant in “Peaches & Herb” since its creation in 1966, while seven different women have filled the role of “Peaches”.

History

Herb Fame (born Herbert Feemster, October 1, 1942, in Anacostia, Washington, D.C.), sang in church and neighborhood groups as a child. After graduation from high school, he worked in a local record store where he met record producer Van McCoy and was signed to Columbia subsidiary Date Records by McCoy and A&R executive Dave Kapralik. Francine “Peaches” Barker (born Francine Edna Hurd, April 28, 1947, in Washington, D.C.), using the stage name Francine Day, started a singing trio initially dubbed The Darlettes and later renamed The Sweet Things after a change of record label to Date Records. Having produced two releases for the trio, McCoy decided to record Feemster/Fame and Hurd/Day together at Kapralik’s suggestion. The resulting single, “We’re in This Thing Together,” was distributed to radio stations but went nowhere for months until December 1966, when a St. Louis disc jockey broadcast the single’s B-side, a revival of the 1934 hit “Let’s Fall in Love”.

The new duo, christened “Peaches & Herb”, had a string of successful singles and albums over the next two years such as “Let’s Fall in Love”, “Close Your Eyes”, “For Your Love”, and “Love Is Strange”. Despite burgeoning success and a media image as the “Sweethearts of Soul”, Barker chose to semi-retire from the duo after two years because of the rigors of touring. Marlene Mack (aka Marlene Jenkins), who had sung on the Jaynetts’ hit “Sally Go ‘Round the Roses” and had recorded as Marlina Mars/ replaced Barker on stage, but Barker remained on all of the duo’s recordings for Date Records. During this period, the semi-retired “Peaches” also worked as a solo artist using her married name, Francine Barker. She released three singles in total on the Columbia Records label, including “Angels in the Sky” and “Mister DJ”.

Fame retired the act in 1970 when, for personal reasons, he enrolled in the police academy of Washington, D.C. and thereafter joined the city’s police department. Peaches & Herb lay dormant until Fame decided to re-enter the music business in 1976. In his search for a new “Peaches”, Herb again enlisted the assistance of Van McCoy, who suggested that Linda Greene would be suitable for the position. Fame met Greene and concurred, thereby leading to formation of the most successful of the “Peaches & Herb” incarnations to date. Linda’s early musical training (while growing up in Washington, D.C.) was at The Sewell Music Conservatory.

Fame and Greene recorded seven albums altogether, including one album released only in Argentina. Their first album, Peaches & Herb, was recorded for MCA Records and produced by Van McCoy, but it generated only one charted hit, “We’re Still Together”. Peaches & Herb signed with MVP/Polydor and under the management of Paul J. Cohn, released 2 Hot, which went gold. The album’s first single, “Shake Your Groove Thing”, went gold and peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1979. The follow-up single, viewed as the album’s “secret weapon” by producer/songwriter Freddie Perren, was the triple platinum hit “Reunited”. This song, evoking the 1960s Peaches & Herb hit “United”, (originally recorded and made a hit by The Intruders), reached #1 on both the Hot 100, the Billboard R&B chart, and in Canada. “Reunited” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1980. Subsequent releases with Polydor produced several more hits, including the lasting wedding staple, “I Pledge My Love”. After changing labels again to the Entertainment Company, Fame and Greene released their seventh album in 1983. Scoring only one minor hit, Greene and Fame decided to make no more albums and retired their partnership. Once again, Fame returned to law enforcement and joined the U.S. Marshals Service in 1986 as a deputized court security officer at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Greene returned to her family and, together with her husband Stephen Tavani, went on to release three gospel albums and start the charity WOW (Winning Our World).

While remaining employed at the court, Fame again revived the brand in 1990. For the fourth “Peaches” he chose Patrice Hawthorne, fresh from television exposure on the Natalie Cole-hosted talent show Big Break. The duo appeared infrequently in concerts, and did not release any recordings. Hawthorne remains a Philadelphia bandleader of her own orchestra, CTO Soho.

Due to unpaid royalties, Fame’s financial state was far from wealthy despite years of hits and selling nine million records with Greene. Thus, in 2001, Fame and Greene hired attorneys Oren Warshavsky and Steven Ames Brown through Artists Rights Enforcement Corporation. The attorneys brought a lawsuit against MVP Records, then headed by Christine Perren. Perren’s testimony at trial revealed a series of contradictions in MVP’s defense, with the result that Fame and Greene received royalties, income, and a reaffirmation of their artists’ rights. Those rights have since been vigorously defended.[12][13] Having financial security, Fame would then have been able to leave the court and focus solely on his music career. Instead, he banked significant funds and continued enjoying the work.[9]

A fifth “Peaches”—singer, songwriter, and breast cancer advocate Miriamm—joined the duo in 2002. Miriamm began touring with Herb and was introduced to the world as the new “Peaches” when she joined Herb in the PBS televised “Rhythm, Love & Soul” Fundraising drive. They shared the stage with greats such as Aretha Franklin, Gloria Gaynor and Lou Rawls, among others. Their performance re-introduced Peaches and Herb and their on-stage chemistry was so well received, it sparked another invitation to the duo for the follow-up star-studded installment of the PBS show featuring R&B greats such as Irene Cara, Heatwave, and Anita Ward. Both performances currently air periodically throughout the year. Miriamm currently performs as a free-lance vocalist and has founded a breast cancer foundation, EPW Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., in honor of her mother, Edith P. Wright, providing support to families facing breast cancer.

Wanda Makle subsequently performed with Fame in weekend appearances, and in 2008 they were reported to be planning a recording together. Those plans dissolved, and instead Makle was ultimately dropped in favor of another “Peaches,” Meritxell Negre from Barcelona, Spain.

Negre, who was introduced to Fame by producer Bill Davis, is the first-ever non-black “Peaches” and third recording artist to co-record a Peaches and Herb album. Together, Fame and Negre recorded Colors of Love, the first album from Peaches & Herb since 1983. Combined with Fame’s classic, zesty tenor flair, Negre’s soulful, alto-soprano range seamlessly replaces Linda Greene 25 years after the Peaches & Herb album Remember. Colors of Love was released in May 2009 by Imagen Records, approximately three months after Negre’s stage debut as “Peaches”.

Fame has since returned to touring with Wanda Makle.

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Today’s featured artist:

Keb’ Mo

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Background information

Birth name
Kevin Roosevelt Moore

Born
October 3, 1951 (age 64)
South Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Origin
Compton, California, U.S.

Genres
Delta blues, country blues, blues americana

Occupation(s)
Singer-songwriter, guitarist

Instruments
Vocals, guitar, harmonica, banjo, mandolin, bass, keyboards

Years active
1980–present

Labels
Chocolate City, Epic, Yolabelle International, Kind Of Blue Music

Kevin Roosevelt Moore (born October 3, 1951), known as Keb’ Mo’, is a three-time American Grammy Award-winning blues musician. He is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter, currently living in Nashville, Tennessee. He has been described as “a living link to the seminal Delta blues that travelled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America”. His post-modern blues style is influenced by many eras and genres, including folk, rock, jazz and pop. The moniker “Keb Mo” was coined by his original drummer, Quentin Dennard, and picked up by his record label as a “street talk” abbreviation of his given name.

Biography

Early life
From early on, his parents (from Louisiana and Texas) instilled him with a great appreciation for the blues and gospel music. By adolescence, he was already an accomplished guitarist.

Career

Keb’ Mo’ started his musical career playing the steel drums and upright bass in a calypso band. He moved on to play in a variety of blues and backup bands throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He first started recording in the early 1970s with Jefferson Airplane violinist Papa John Creach through an R&B group. Creach hired him when Moore was just twenty-one years old; Moore appeared on four of Creach’s albums: Filthy!, Playing My Fiddle for You, I’m the Fiddle Man and Rock Father. Keb Mo’s first gold record was received for a song, “Git Fiddler”, which he co-wrote with Papa John on Jefferson Starship’s Red Octopus. Red Octopus hit number one on the Billboard 200 in 1975.

Moore was also a staff writer for A&M Records, and arranged demos for Almo – Irving music. Keb’ Mo’s debut, Rainmaker, was released on Chocolate City Records, a subsidiary of Casablanca Records, in 1980. He was further immersed in the blues with his long stint in the Whodunit Band, headed by Bobby “Blue” Bland producer Monk Higgins. Moore jammed with Albert Collins and Big Joe Turner and emerged as an inheritor of a guarded tradition and as a genuine original.

Keb’ Mo’ has appeared on stage (1990-1993) in several versions of the musical Spunk, a play by Zora Neale Hurston a legendary African American playwright from the Harlem Renaissance. His character, Guitar Man, learned while he was an understudy to “Chick Streetman”, played all the actual music in the play while performing. The character of Guitar Man is the foundation for his current stage persona.

In 1994, Keb’ Mo’ released his self-titled debut album, Keb’ Mo’, which featured two Robert Johnson covers, “Come On In My Kitchen” and “Kind Hearted Woman Blues”. In the Martin Scorsese miniseries The Blues, Keb’ Mo’ states that he was greatly influenced by Johnson. Keb’ was the runner-up for Best New Blues Artist at The Long Beach Blues Festival when he was spotted by Steve LaVere who owns the publishing for the entire Robert Johnson song catalogue (1992–93).

Keb’ Mo’s self-titled album was released on Okeh Records, a vintage revival division of Sony Music.

In 1996, he released Just Like You, his second album, which featured twelve songs full of Delta rhythms. He won his first Grammy Award for this album, which featured guest appearances from Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt.

On June 10, 1997, Moore performed on the television program Sessions at West 54th. He joined musicians Laval Belle on drums, Reggie McBride playing bass, and Joellen Friedkin on keyboards to perform fourteen songs, some from each of his albums. Blues pianist Dr. John also made a guest appearance. This session (known as Sessions at West 54th: Recorded Live in New York) was shown on television, but was not released as a DVD until late 2000.

In 1998, Moore was involved in the multi-artist project “Begegnungen (Encounter)” by Germany’s rock superstar Peter Maffay. They performed together a new version of Mo’s “Am I wrong” on the album and some more songs in the 30 concerts at the arena tour later the same year, documented on the live album “Begenungen Live”, released in early 1999. A further guest of Maffay at the Begegnungen album and tour was Sonny Landreth and many more artists from every continent.

Slow Down, his next album, was released in 1998 and featured twelve songs. It earned him a second Grammy Award. The album begins with the song “Muddy Water”, a tribute to Muddy Waters. It also features a song entitled “Rainmaker”, which had been released previously on his first album, eighteen years prior.

His fourth album, The Door, was released in 2000. The same year, Keb’ Mo’ released Big Wide Grin, a children’s album featuring many songs from Moore’s own childhood, along with some newer children’s songs and some by Moore himself. In 2001, he appeared on Sesame Street with Kermit the Frog, Grover, Elmo, and other muppets performing the song “Everybody Be Yo’self”. The album includes an original arrangement of “America the Beautiful,” which he performed years later on the 2006 series finale of The West Wing, “Tomorrow,” in which he appears as himself to perform the song at the inauguration of (fictional) President Matt Santos.

In 2003, Martin Scorsese collaborated with many blues musicians including Keb’ Mo’ to put together a series of films entitled The Blues. Following its release, several albums were released in accordance, some were compilations, some new collaborations, and Keb’ Mo’ released an album in the series featuring a handful of existing recordings from Keb’ Mo’ to The Door.

On February 10, 2004, he released Keep It Simple which earned him a third Grammy Award, again in the contemporary blues genre. Later that year, he released his sixth studio album, Peace… Back by Popular Demand.

Moore released Suitcase, on June 13, 2006. His touring band following the release included Reggie McBride on bass, Les Falconer III on drums, Jeff Paris on keyboards, and Clayton Gibb on guitar.

On October 20, 2009, Keb’ Mo’ released the live album, Live & Mo’ .

At the 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival, Keb’ Mo’ performed an acoustic set with Stefan Grossman and an electric set with Vince Gill, Albert Lee, James Burton, Earl Klugh and Sheryl Crow. He joined the finale with most of the day’s performers.

On August 2, 2011, Keb’ Mo’ released The Reflection.

Keb’ Mo’ performed at a White House event titled “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues” on February 21, 2012. On February 24, 2012, many of the same performers, including Keb’ Mo, Gary Clark, Jr., Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, paid tribute to Hubert Sumlin at the “Howlin’ For Hubert” memorial concert at the Apollo Theater in New York, NY.

On the first night of the 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival, Keb’ Mo’ performed a set with Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Blake Mills and Matt “Guitar” Murphy. Keb’ Mo’ later performed two songs with emcee Dan Aykroyd. On the second night of the festival, Keb’ Mo’ performed with Taj Mahal.

In early 2014, he was nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Americana Album (BLUESAmericana), Best American Roots Performance (“The Old Me Better”) and Best Engineered Album Non-Classical(BLUESAmericana. In May, he appeared alongside Metallica at MusicCare’ 10th Annual MAP Fund Benefit Concert at Nokia honoring Ozzy Osbourne and Jeff Greenberg. In October 2014 he honored the Everly Brothers, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 19th annual Music Masters® Series, and in November he honored Mavis Staples alongside Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Taj Mahal and Grace Potter, at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre for celebration of Staples’ life and career in honor of her 75th birthday. Also in late 2014 he was featured on a Jackson Browne tribute album, Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne.

In 2015 his album, BLUESAmericana, won the ‘Contemporary Blues Album’ category at the Blues Music Awards.

He has been supportive of charity Playing For Change since its inception and recently appeared in a video with Keith Richards’ singing Bob Marley’s ‘Get Up, Stand Up’. He appeared on two tracks from the Playing For Change: Songs Around The World that was released on June 17. The album had over 180 musicians from 31 countries, including Keith Richards, Sara Bareilles, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, and Taj Mahal. He donates 5% of BluesAmericana to the charity.

In late 2015 he performed at a special concert hosted by Barack Obama called ‘A Celebration of American Creativity: In Performance at the White House”. It was shot and filmed in the East Room of the White House. Other performers included Smokey Robinson, James Taylor, Buddy Guy, Queen Latifah, Usher, Trombone Shorty, MC Lyte, Audra McDonald, Esperanza Spalding, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Carol Burnett. It commemorated the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s National Foundation on the Arts the Humanities Act.

Keb’ Mo’ released a live album, Keb’ Mo’ Live – That Hot Pink Blues Album on April 15, on Kind of Blue Music/RED Distribution.

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Todays featured artists:

BB King and Robert Cray – “Playing with My Friends”

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Today’s featured artist: Bobby Hebb

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Background information

Birth name
Robert Von Hebb

Born
July 26, 1938
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.

Died
August 3, 2010 (aged 72)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.

Occupation(s)
Singer, musician, songwriter, recording artist, performer

Instruments
Vocals, piano, guitar

Years active
1955‒2010

Labels
Cadet, Crystal Ball, Epic, Laurie, Mercury, Philips, Scepter, Tuition

Robert Von “Bobby” Hebb (July 26, 1938 ‒ August 3, 2010) was an American R&B/soul singer, musician, songwriter, recording artist, and performer known for his 1966 hit entitled “Sunny”.

Biography

Hebb was born in Nashville, Tennessee. His parents, William and Ovalla Hebb, were both blind musicians. Hebb and older brother, Harold Hebb, performed as a song-and-dance team in Nashville beginning when Bobby was three and Harold was nine. Hebb performed on a TV show hosted by country music record producer Owen Bradley, which earned him a place with Grand Ole Opry star Roy Acuff. Hebb played Spoons and other instruments in Acuff’s band. Harold later became a member of Johnny Bragg and the Marigolds. Bobby Hebb sang backup on Bo Diddley’s “Diddley Daddy”. Hebb played “West-coast-style” trumpet in a United States Navy jazz band, and replaced Mickey Baker in Mickey and Sylvia.

On November 23, 1963, the day after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Bobby Hebb’s brother, Harold, was killed in a knife fight outside a Nashville nightclub. Hebb was devastated by both events and sought comfort in songwriting. Though many claim that the song he wrote after both tragedies was the optimistic “Sunny”, Hebb himself stated otherwise. He immersed himself in the Gerald Wilson album, You Better Believe It!, for comfort.

“All my intentions were just to think of happier times – basically looking for a brighter day – because times were at a low tide. After I wrote it, I thought “Sunny” just might be a different approach to what Johnny Bragg was talking about in “Just Walkin’ in the Rain”.[citation needed]

“Sunny” was recorded in New York City after demos were made with the record producer Jerry Ross. Released as a single in 1966, “Sunny” reached No. 3 on the R&B charts, No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No. 12 in the United Kingdom. When Hebb toured with The Beatles in 1966 his “Sunny” was, at the time of the tour, ranked higher than any Beatles song then on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[citation needed] BMI rated “Sunny” number 25 in its “Top 100 songs of the century”.

In 1976, Hebb released a newly recorded disco version entitled “Sunny ’76”. The single was a minor hit reaching No. 94 on the R&B chart.

Hebb also had lesser hits with his “A Satisfied Mind” in 1966 (No. 39 on the Billboard chart and No. 40 on the R&B chart) and “Love Me” in 1967 (No. 84), and wrote many other songs, including Lou Rawls’ 1971 hit “A Natural Man” (co-written with comedian Sandy Baron). Six years prior to “Sunny”, Hebb reached the New York City Top 50 with a remake of Roy Acuff’s “Night Train to Memphis”. In 1972, his single “Love Love Love” reached No. 32 on the UK charts.

After a recording gap of 35 years, Hebb recorded That’s All I Wanna Know, his first commercial release since Love Games for Epic Records in 1970. It was released in Europe in late 2005 by Tuition, a pop indie label. Two new duet versions of “Sunny” were issued, one with Astrid North and the other with Pat Appleton. In October 2008, he toured and played in Osaka and Tokyo in Japan.

Ipanema Films of Germany was involved in a biographical film which included Hebb, his biographer Joseph Tortelli, and Billy Cox.

Death

Hebb continued to live in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, until his death in 2010, at age 72. On August 3, 2010, Hebb died from lung cancer while being treated at TriStar Centennial Medical Center located in Nashville.”[5] He is interred at Nashville’s Spring Hill Cemetery.[6]

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Today’s featured artist: Fenton Robinson

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Fenton Robinson (September 23, 1935 – November 25, 1997) was an American blues singer and exponent of the Chicago blues guitar.

Biography
Born in Greenwood, Mississippi, United States, Robinson left his home at the age of 18 to move to Memphis, Tennessee where he recorded his first single “Tennessee Woman” in 1957. He settled in Chicago in 1962. He recorded his signature song, “Somebody Loan Me a Dime”, in 1967 on the Palos label, the nationwide distribution of which was aborted by a freak snow storm hitting the Windy City. Covered by Boz Scaggs in 1969, the song was misattributed, resulting in legal battles. It has since become a blues standard, being “part of the repertoire of one out of every two blues artists”, according to 1997’s Encyclopedia of Blues.

Robinson re-recorded the song for the critically acclaimed album Somebody Loan Me a Dime in 1974, the first of three he would produce under the Alligator Records label. Robinson was nominated for a Grammy Award for the second, 1977’s I Hear Some Blues Downstairs.

In the 1970s he was arrested and imprisoned for involuntary manslaughter in connection with a car accident. Paroled after nine months, he continued playing in Chicago clubs and later taught guitar.

Robinson died of complications from brain cancer, in Rockford, Illinois. Robinson’s signature song, “Somebody Loan Me A Dime” can be heard in The Blues Brothers on the radio when Jake (John Belushi) is being transported and paroled.

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Todays featured artist:

Gene Chandler

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Birth name
Eugene Dixon

Born
July 6, 1937 (age 78)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Genres

R&B ·
Soul

Occupation(s)

Singer-songwriter ·
record producer ·
record company executive

Years active
1957–present

Associated acts
Barbara Acklin

Website
www.genechandler.com

Gene Chandler (born Eugene Dixon, July 6, 1937) nicknamed “The Duke of Earl” or simply “The Duke”, is an African-American singer, songwriter, music producer and executive.

Chandler is known best for his most successful songs “Duke Of Earl” and “Groovy Situation” and his association with the Dukays, the Impressions and Curtis Mayfield.

Gene is a Grammy Hall Of Fame inductee and a winner of both the National Association of Television and Radio Announcers’ (NATRA) “Producer of the Year” Award and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s Pioneer Award. Chandler is also one of a just a few singers to vend successful record singles and albums during the doo-wop, rhythm and blues, soul, and disco musical eras, with some 40 Pop and R&B chart successes between 1961 and 1986. On August 24, 2014, Chandler was inducted into the Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame.

Early years

Chandler attended Englewood High School on Chicago’s south side. He began performing during the early 1950s with the musical band The Gaytones. During 1957, he joined The Dukays, with James Lowe, Shirley Jones, Earl Edwards and Ben Broyles, soon becoming their main singer. After his draft into the US Army he returned to Chicago during 1960 and rejoined the Dukays.

Career[edit]

The Dukays were offered a recording contract by Nat Records and recorded a single with producers Carl Davis and Bill “Bunky” Sheppard, “The Girl Is a Devil” (1961). This was followed with a session during August 1961 that resulted in four sides, most notably “Nite Owl” and “Duke of Earl.” Nat Records chose to release “Nite Owl” and it became a sizeable Rhythm&Blues success at the end of 1961. Meanwhile, Davis and Sheppard shopped the “Duke of Earl” recording to Vee-Jay Records company, which released it during 1962 by Dixon as a solo artist with the name “Gene Chandler”.

“Duke of Earl” sold a million copies in a little more than a month, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. After spending three weeks at number one on the Billboard charts, Chandler purchased a cape, monocle, cane, and top hat and advertised himself as “The Duke of Earl”. Chandler can be seen in the full ‘Duke’ outfit singing “The Duke of Earl” in the movie Don’t Knock the Twist during 1962, featuring Chubby Checker. His concerts became popular and he performed encores, usually “Rainbow ’65,” one of his collaborations with Curtis Mayfield. This song was recorded by Chandler three times during his career, becoming a success each time.

Chandler left Vee Jay during the autumn of 1963 and recorded for another Chicago company, Constellation Records. After Constellation bankrupted during 1966, he was contracted first to Chess Records and then Brunswick Records. For a time, Chess and Brunswick alternated in releasing Chandler’s recordings. He had Top 20 popular music successes with Constellation with the songs “Just Be True” (1964) and “Nothing Can Stop Me” (1965), both songs written by Curtis Mayfield and produced by Carl Davis.

Other successes included “What Now”, “Rainbow”, “I Fooled You This Time”, “Think Nothing About It”‘, “A Man’s Temptation”, “To Be a Lover”, “Rainbow ’65” (recorded live at Chicago’s Regal Theater), “Bless Our Love”, and “You Can’t Hurt Me No More.” Chandler also had success with his cover version of James Brown’s “There Was A Time” and “You Threw A Lucky Punch”, which was released as an “answer” song to Mary Wells’s Motown company success “You Beat Me To The Punch”.

After a number of years performing concerts, Chandler decided to become more involved with the production of music, forming his own production company and record brands, Bamboo and Mister Chand. He produced a success with “Groovy Situation”, issued by Mercury Records company (1970), which scored #12 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #8 on the Billboard R&B chart, becoming his second greatest success after “Duke Of Earl”. “Groovy Situation” sold more than a million copies and received a gold disc awarded by the R.I.A.A. during November 1970.

Earlier, he produced “Backfield In Motion” for Mel And Tim on Bamboo, which scored #3 on the R&B chart and scored the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, and next “Good Guys Only Win In The Movies” for the duo (#17 R&B, #45 popular music). These successes earned him The National Association of Television and Radio Announcers’ Producer of the Year Award during 1970, against competition from other nominees including Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff and Norman Whitfield.

Later that year, Chandler recorded the album Gene and Jerry: One on One, with another major Chicago artist, Jerry Butler by Mercury. He also sang with The Impressions and Curtis Mayfield on the live record album Curtis in Chicago (1973). Chandler sang on Arthur Louis’s album, Knocking on Heaven’s Door (1974) alongside Eric Clapton. A spell with Curtis Mayfield’s brand, Curtom, resulted in four self-produced singles during the mid-1970s, but none charted.

During the late 1970s, he found new success with disco-style music, creating successes with his former producer, Carl Davis, including “Get Down” (1978) and later “When You’re #1” and “Does She Have A Friend?”. During this time, he was named Executive Vice President of Chi Sound Records, managed by Davis, and worked with reggae singer Johnny Nash. During the late 1970s, an interest in older musicians inspired the US radio announcer Wolfman Jack to organize a tour including vintage acts such as Chandler.

“Duke of Earl” was sampled by Cypress Hill, on the song “Hand on the Pump” from their album Cypress Hill (1991); plus Chandler’s song “Hallelujah, I Love Her So” was sampled on their album Black Sunday (1993). During 1997, Chandler was inducted as a Pioneer Award honoree into the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.

He also had a big Northern Soul hit in the UK with “There was a time”

During 1988, “Duke of Earl” was included on the soundtrack of Hairspray. “Groovy Situation” appeared on Anchorman: Music from the Motion Picture (2004). During 2002, “Duke Of Earl” was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame. Groovemaster K. and 88-Keys sampled Chandler’s “When You’re #1” for their song “Frisco Disco”. His #1 success “Duke Of Earl” has also been selected by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll .

Chandler still performs in Chicago, Las Vegas and elsewhere in the US. He also performs occasionally in Europe.

His son, Defrantz Forrest, currently sings with the Motown group The Originals.

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Today’s featured artist: Kenny Neal

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Kenny Neal (born October 14, 1957 in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States), son of Raful Neal, is an American blues guitar player, singer and band member. Neal comes from a musical family and has often performed with his brothers in his band.

Career

Neal preserves the blues sound of his native south Louisiana, as befits someone who learned from Slim Harpo, Buddy Guy, and his father, harmonica player Raful Neal.

In 1987, Neal cut his debut album for the Florida record producer Bob Greenlee — an updated swamp feast initially marketed on King Snake Records as Bio on the Bayou. Alligator Records picked it up the following year, retitling it Big News from Baton Rouge!!

In 1991, he proved to be a talented actor in the Broadway production of the folk musical Mule Bone (by Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston), singing numbers written by Taj Mahal.

Neal has played with blues stars including Lucky Peterson and Lazy Lester, and was at one time a member of The Downchild Blues Band, during a period of relocation to Toronto.

In September 2006, Neal announced he was taking a year’s break from recording and performing, due to an undisclosed illness.[4] He returned to the public eye at the Monterey Blues Festival in June 2007. His illness was also disclosed as Hepatitis C. He has children named Kenny, Syreeta, and Micah.

Lately, he is touring with Efes Pilsen Blues Festival.

Awards

Honors

2011 – Inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame
2005 – Official Statement to Kenny Neal, by the Governor of Louisiana
1993 – Washington, D.C., USIA Certificate of Appreciation for representing the U.S. with Kenny Neal’s Blues Band for tour in Africa

Winner
2011 – Jus’ Blues Music Foundation Contemporary/Traditional Blues Song Of The Year for “Hooked on Your Love”
2011 – Critic’s Poll Living Blues Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album of the Year
2009 – Monterey Bay Blues (M.O.B.B.A.Y.) Artist of the Year Award
2009 – BMA (Blues Music Award) Winner for Song of the Year, “Let Life Flow”
2009 – West Coast Blues Hall of Fame Awards for Blues CD of the Year “Let Life Flow” and Blues Band of the Year
2009 – Blueswax Album of the Year “Let Life Flow”
2008 – Blues Critic Awards Readers Poll, Blues Album of the Year “Let Life Flow” and also Contemporary Blues Artist of the Year
2008 – Jus’ Blues Awards “Junior Wells Harp Award”
2008 – Hometown Video Awards, Entertainment Talk Show
2007 – W.A.V.E. Award, Talk Show-Entertainment/Pro
2005 – W.C. Handy Blues Awards – Acoustic Blues Album
2003 – Slim Harpo Award in Baton Rouge
1994 – Theatre World Award “Outstanding New Talent” on Broadway
1989 – Big Bill Broonzy Award in Paris
1989 – JD Miller Award “Outstanding Performance”

Nominated
2009 – Grammy entries for Grammy Nominations in 4 categories
1999 – Grammy Nomination for Tribute to Howlin’ Wolf “Best Traditional Blues Album”

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Tonight’s featured artist: Aaron Neville

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Aaron Neville

Background information

Born
January 24, 1941 (age 75)

Origin
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Genres
R&B, soul, country, gospel, jazz, pop

Occupation(s)
Singer, musician

Instruments
Vocals

Years active
1960–present

Labels
Par-Lo, Curb, A&M, Chordant, EMI, Burgundy

Associated acts
Neville Brothers, Linda Ronstadt

Website
aaronneville.com

Aaron Neville (born January 24, 1941, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States) is an American R&B singer and musician. He has had four Platinum-certified albums and four Top 10 hits in the United States, including three that went to #1 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart. His debut single, from 1966, was #1 on the Soul chart for five weeks.

He has also recorded with his brothers Art, Charles and Cyril as The Neville Brothers and is the father of singer/keyboards player Ivan Neville. Of mixed African American and Native American heritage,[citation needed] his music also features Cajun and Creole influences.

Career

The first of his singles that got airplay outside of New Orleans was “Over You” (Minit, 1960). Neville’s first major hit single was “Tell It Like It Is”, released on a small New Orleans label, Par-Lo co-owned by local musician/arranger George Davis, a friend from school, and band-leader Lee Diamond. The song topped Billboard’s R&B chart for five weeks in 1967 and also reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. It was not the label’s only release, as some sources claim. At least five other Par-Lo singles, three of them by Neville himself, are known to exist.

A remake of the song was a top 10 pop hit for the rock group Heart featuring Ann and Nancy Wilson in 1981.

In 1989, Neville teamed up with Linda Ronstadt on the album Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind. Among the duets recorded for the disc were the #1 Grammy-winning hits “Don’t Know Much” and “All My Life”. “Don’t Know Much” reached #2 on the Hot 100, and was certified Gold for selling a million copies, while the album was certified Triple Platinum for US sales of more than 3 million.

His other hits have included “Everybody Plays the Fool”, his 1991 cover of the 1972 Main Ingredient song, that reached #8 on the Hot 100; “Don’t Take Away My Heaven”, “Hercules” and “Can’t Stop My Heart From Loving You (The Rain Song).” Neville’s biggest solo successes have been on the Adult Contemporary chart, where “Don’t Know Much,” “All My Life,” and “Everybody Plays the Fool” all reached Number One in 8 European countries.

In August 2005, his home in Eastern New Orleans was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina; he evacuated to Memphis, Tennessee before the hurricane hit. He moved to Nashville after the storm, and failing to return to the city by early 2008, caused the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to temporarily change its tradition of having the Neville Brothers close the festival. However, the Neville Brothers, including Aaron, returned for the 2008 Jazzfest, which returned to its traditional seven-day format for the first time since Katrina. He then decided to move back to the New Orleans area, namely the North Shore city of Covington. Neville performed Randy Newman’s “Louisiana 1927” during NBC’s A Concert for Hurricane Relief on September 2, 2005.

Neville signed to SonyBMG’s new Burgundy Records label in late 2005 and recorded an album of songs by Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Sam Cooke and others for Bring It On Home…The Soul Classics, released on September 19, 2006. The album, produced by Stewart Levine, features collaborations between Neville and Chaka Khan, Mavis Staples, Chris Botti, David Sanborn, Art Neville, and others. The album’s first single was a remake of The Impressions’ 1963 classic “It’s All Right.”

Aaron Neville with his distinctive mole visible above his right eye (1990)
Neville’s career has included work for television, movies and sporting events. Neville sang the National Anthem in the movie The Fan starring Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes. He also sang the anthem at the WWF’s SummerSlam 1993 and at WCW Spring Stampede in 1994. Neville sang the theme music to the children’s TV series Fisher-Price Little People. He also sang a new version of “Cotton,” for Cotton Incorporated which was introduced during the 1992 Summer Olympics. In 1988 he recorded “Mickey Mouse March” for Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films, one of Various Artists. In 2006, Neville performed a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner”, alongside Aretha Franklin and Dr. John on keyboards at Super Bowl XL in Detroit, Michigan. In addition, Neville (along with brothers Art and Cyril) did background vocals for the songs “Great Heart”, “Bring Back the Magic”, “Homemade Music”, “My Barracuda”, and “Smart Woman (in a Real Short Skirt)” on Jimmy Buffett’s Hot Water, released in 1988.

On October 27, 2006, Neville made a guest appearance on an episode of the soap opera The Young and the Restless. He sang “Stand By Me” and “Ain’t No Sunshine”, from his album, Bring It On Home … The Soul Classics. In 2008 he released Gold, which includes a double album of his hits.

In 2009, Neville, along with the Mt. Zion Mass Choir, released a version of the song “A Change Is Gonna Come” on the compilation album, Oh Happy Day.

On December 12, 2010, while performing at Baton Rouge’s Manship Theater in the Shaw Center, Neville was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

Neville was the featured artist for the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the University of Memphis Centennial Concert September 30, 2011 at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.

Neville is an inductee of the Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame in Ferriday, Louisiana.

In January 2013, paying tribute to the songs of his youth, Blue Note Records released Neville’s My True Story, a collection of 12 doo-wop tunes, produced by Don Was and Keith Richards, with backing by musicians such as Benmont Tench and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. In October 2015, Keith Richards selected the song “My True Story” as one of his Desert Island Discs.

Personal

Neville met his first wife, Joel in 1957. They were married on January 10, 1959 when both were 18 years old. Joel was diagnosed with lung cancer in late 2004 and died on January 5, 2007. She was 66.

In 2008, during a People magazine photo shoot, Neville met photographer Sarah A. Friedman, who had been hired to take a portrait of the Neville Brothers. Neville and Friedman were married November 13, 2010 in New York City.

Neville’s oldest son Ivan is also a musician and released an album, If My Ancestors Could See Me Now, in 1988, which yielded a Top 40 hit with “Not Just Another Girl.” Ivan has also performed with Spin Doctors, The Rolling Stones and Bonnie Raitt, and played keyboards for Keith Richards on his first solo tour. Ivan then assembled his own band (Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk) which tours and frequently appears in New Orleans.

Neville’s third son, Jason, is a vocalist and rap artist who has performed with his father and with the Neville Brothers, notably at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Neville is the uncle of journalist and FOXNews personality Arthel Neville.

Neville is Catholic, with a devotion to St. Jude, to whom he has credited his success and survival. He wears a St. Jude Medal as a left earring.

On May 17, 2015 Neville was the recipient of the University of Notre Dame Laetare Medal, an annual award given by the University in recognition of outstanding service to the Catholic Church and society.
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J.T. Butler

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Tonight’s featured artist:

Chris Thomas King

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Background information
Born October 14, 1962 (age 53)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Origin New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Genres Blues, R&B, Hip hop blues rap
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, actor
Instruments Guitar, piano
Years active 1984–present
Labels Black Top Records, 21st Century Blues Records, Scotti Bros. Records

Website ChrisThomasKing.com

“Chris Thomas King (born October 14, 1962) is an American New Orleans, Louisiana-based blues musician and actor.

History

King was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States. He is the son of blues musician Tabby Thomas. He has won awards including “Album of the Year” for both Grammy Award and Country Music Awards. King has sold more than 10 million records in the United States. He is featured playing the part of Tommy Johnson in the Coen brothers’ 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou?. He is also featured in Down From the Mountain and More Music From Ray soundtracks.
Artistic career

King is known as the pioneer of rap/blues fusion. He conceived the first sample-based blues concept album in the early 1990s by writing and producing the first all-rap/blues album for RCA Records titled 21st Century Blues… From Da Hood.

As an entrepreneur King took control of his master recordings in the early 1990s, forming 21st Century Blues Records. He also established a publishing company, Young Blues Rebel, LLC. 21st Century Records signed the New Orleans Ninth Ward rap/blues duo the 21C-B-Boyz and the London, England-based NuBlues, to 21st Century Blues Records in 2003.

King’s acting career includes prominent roles in several films, including two music-related films. In the Oscar-winning film Ray he plays band leader and blues guitar player Lowell Fulson. During production he collaborated with Ray Charles in scoring the film. In O Brother Where Art Thou?, he portrays a skilled blues guitarist who claims he sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his skill on guitar. The character is based on blues musicians Tommy Johnson and Robert Johnson, both of whom have been linked to selling their soul to the devil at a rural Mississippi crossroads. King also accompanies the film’s band the Soggy Bottom Boys on guitar; his rendition of “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues” was recorded live during filming and included on the film’s Grammy-award-winning soundtrack.

King also starred in the Wim Wenders art house film The Soul of a Man, as Blind Willie Johnson and Kill Switch as Detective Storm with Steven Seagal.”

Filmography

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), as Tommy Johnson
The Soul of a Man (2003), as Blind Willie Johnson
Ray (2004), as Lowell Fulson
Kill Switch (2008) as detective Storm Anderson
Imagination Movers (2010)
Treme (2011) HBO series.

Documentary appearances

Last of the Mississippi Jukes (2003)
Lightning in a Bottle (2004)
The Soul of a Man (2003)
22nd Annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards (2001)
Down from the Mountain (2000)
Inside Look: Down from the Mountain (2000)

Discography

Blue Beat (1984) as Chris Thomas
The Beginning (1986) as Chris Thomas
Cry of the Prophets (1990) as Chris Thomas
Help Us, Somebody (Single) (1993) as Chris Thomas (also on Just Say Da compilation)
Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye: A Tribute to Roky Erickson (1990)
Simple (1993) as Chris Thomas
21st Century Blues… From Da Hood (1994) as Chris Thomas
Chris Thomas King (1997)
Red Mud (1998)
Whole Lotta Blues: The Songs of Led Zeppelin (1999)
Me, My Guitar and The Blues (2000)
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Down From The Mountain (2001)
The Legend of Tommy Johnson, Act 1: Genesis 1900’s-1990’s (2001)
It’s a Cold Ass World: The Beginning (2001)
Dirty South Hip-Hop Blues (2002)
A Young Man’s Blues (2002)
The Roots (2003)
Along the Blues Highway (2003) with Blind Mississippi Morris
Johnny’s Blues: A Tribute To Johnny Cash (2003)[6]
Why My Guitar Screams & Moans (2004)
Ray (soundtrack) (2004)
Rise (2006)[7]
Live on Beale Street (2008)
Antebellum Postcards (2011)
Bona Fide (2012)

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